Ludhiana: Buddha Nullah, which was earlier known as Buddha Darya, has not been just an eyesore in Ludhiana city but has also been a serious health hazard to which political representatives from the city have only paid a lip service. For years, election after election, there has only been promises but no action to rid the city of the age-old problem. The issue of cleaning the nullah has been hanging fire for the last many years. This time as the Lok Sabha election campaign picks up, voters would once again look for some relief.
Will the new MP help cleaning it? Importantly, thousands of aquatic animals were found dead in the Beas after molasses from a sugar mill were released into the river. That was the major issue last year as the government had also fined the mill Rs 5 crore. Similarly, untreated sewage and effluent waste were mixing into Buddha Nullah from Wallipur Kalan for decades but the government is in deep slumber and nothing has been done except for proposing plans in this regard. This nullah is polluting the Sutlej river for the past several decades.
Polluted water of the Sutlej is consistently causing chronic health problems to the residents. Several complaints have been given in this regard but the government’s untiring efforts of developing plans end after that without implementing the same.However, the Municipal Corporation had earlier also made a rule for imposing Rs 5,000 fine on a person caught throwing garbage into Buddha Nullah. The Punjab Pollution Control Board had identified several dyeing and industrial units throwing waste into the nullah but no special action has been taken against them.Akali Dal MLA Sharanjit Singh Dhillon said, “Now the Lok Sabha elections have been announced and the Congress government is trying to make another plan for catching the voters’ attention as Buddha Nullah is the major problem in Ludhiana.
A team of senior officials from Tata Group had shown interest in the cleaning and beautification of Buddha Nullah in the past. The Akali government had also planned and done much for cleaning Buddha Nullah but the Congress government has not followed the projects in the same way.”Dhillon added that he also sat on hunger strike on Monday against the authorities for not undertaking development projects which are affecting the residents for the past several months.MP Ravneet Singh Bittu said, “The government has also formed an authority for cleaning and maintaining it. Big companies have given their presentations in this regard and work for cleaning the nullah would be started after the elections.
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